Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ARROW VIDEO APRIL US/UK RELEASES ANNOUNCED!

COFFY (1973) 
Release Date: April 6th 2015 (UK ONLY) 
Format: Blu-ray
Starring: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui
Directed by: Jack Hill
Synopsis: THE ONE CHICK HIT SQUAD!
Regarded as one of the best of the Blaxploitation genre along with Shaft and Superfly, Coffy has been described as “one of the most entertaining films ever made” by Quentin Tarantino.
With Coffy Pam Grier was catapulted to stardom and iconic status following solid roles in earlier ‘chicks in chains’ films. Here she plays nurse ‘Coffy’ Coffin seeking vigilante justice when her little sister is hospitalised by a smack pusher. Coffy uses her body, bullets and blades to get justice, working her way to the top of the criminal ring. But as she nears the top she finds the level of corruption is closer to home than she thinks.
When American International Pictures lost the chance to make Cleopatra Jones the studio looked for another project and turned to up and coming B-movie auteur Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Pit Stop). Coffy was such a success that the studio fast tracked Grier’s next movie (Foxy Brown) with Hill straight away.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- Restored High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, on Blu-ray for the first time in the world!
- Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary by writer-director Jack Hill
- A Taste of Coffy – A brand new interview with Jack Hill
- The Baddest Chick in Town! – A brand new interview with Pam Grier on Coffy and its follow up, Foxy Brown
- Blaxploitation! – A video essay by author Mikel J. Koven (Blaxploitation Film) on the history and development of the genre
- Original theatrical trailer
- Image Gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
- Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Cullen Gallagher and a profile of Pam Grier by Yvonne D. Sims, author of Women in Blaxploitation, illustrated with archive stills and posters
DETAILS:
Region: B
Rating: TBC
Cat No: FCD1048
Duration: 91
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Mono
Colour
MASSACRE GUN (1967) 

Our UK edition of Massacre Gun will be one of the two *Arrow Store exclusive* titles so pre-order it here: http://bit.ly/1C2ZWAC

North American pre-order will be up soon!
Release Date UK: April 6th 2015
Release Date North America: April 7th 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Starring: Jô Shishido, Tatsuya Fuji, Jirô Okazaki
Directed by: Yasuharu Hasebe
Synopsis: Genre icon Jô Shishido stars in this tense and violent yakuza yarn from genre stalwart and Seijun Suzuki’s former assistant, Yasuharu Hasebe (Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701’s Grudge Song).
Shishido stars as Kuroda, a mob hitman who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover. Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers, hot-headed Eiji (Tatsuya Fuji, In the Realm of the Senses) and aspiring boxer Saburô (Jirô Okazaki, Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter), the trio escalate their mob retaliation to all-out turf war where no one will stop until one faction emerges victorious.
Strikingly violent for the period and gorgeously photographed in monochrome like genre siblings Branded to Kill and A Colt is My Passport (Shishido’s other films from 1967), Massacre Gun is a bold iteration on the genre featuring some stunning compositions and the assured direction of Hasebe.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- Limited Edition Blu-ray (3000 copies only)
- Restored High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation, on Blu-ray for the first time in the world!
- Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
- Newly translated English subtitles
- Brand new interview with star Jô Shishido
- Interview with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns
- Original theatrical trailer
- Gallery featuring rare promotional images
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
- booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, newly illustrated by Ian MacEwan and featuring original archive stills
DETAILS:
Region: Region Free
Rating: TBC
Duration: 89
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Mono
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BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964) 
Our UK SteelBook edition of Blood and Black Lace will be our second *Arrow Store exclusive* so pre-order it here: http://bit.ly/1AfcAKP

North American pre-order will be up soon!
Release Date UK: April 13th 2015
Release Date North America:  April 14th 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner
Directed by: Mario Bava
Synopsis: SIX MODELS. SIX VICTIMS FOR A CRAZED MASKED KILLER.
The Cristiana Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models… and backstabbing… and blackmail… and drug deals… and MURDER.
STEELBOOK
Having established a template for the giallo with The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Mario Bava set about cementing its rules with Blood and Black Lace. In doing so he created one of the most influential films ever made – an Italian classic that would spearhead the giallo genre, provide a prototype for the slasher movie, and have a huge effect on filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento and Martin Scorsese.
Newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form, this dual-format release allows fans to see Blood and Black Lace afresh and offers newcomers the ideal introduction to a major piece of cult filmmaking.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- Limited Edition SteelBook featuring original artworks
- New 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Optional Italian and English soundtracks presented in original uncompressed mono PCM audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English audio
- Brand new audio commentary by Mario Bava’s biographer Tim Lucas
- Psycho Analysis – a new documentary on Blood and Black Lace and the origins of the giallo genre featuring interviews with directors Dario Argento (Suspiria) and Lamberto Bava (Demons), screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (All the Colors of the Dark) critics Roberto Curti and Steve Della Casa, crime novelist Carlo Lucarelli and others
- An appreciation by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, the creative duo behind Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears
- Yellow – the much-acclaimed neo-giallo by Ryan Haysom & Jon Britt
- Gender and Giallo – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the giallo’s relationship with the social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s
- Panel discussion on Mario Bava featuring Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Steve Della Casa, recorded at the 2014 Courmayeur Film Festival
- The Sinister Image: Cameron Mitchell – an episode of David Del Valle’s television series, devoted to the star of Blood and Black Lace and presented in full
- The alternative US opening titles, sourced from Joe Dante’s private print and scanned in 2K especially for this release
- Original theatrical trailer, with optional English and Italian audio
- Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes, author of Cinema Italiano and Mario Bava: Destination Terror, and an interview with Joe Dante, David Del Valle on Cameron Mitchell and more, all illustrated with archive stills and posters
DETAILS:
Region: A+B / 1+2
Rating: 18
Duration: 89
Language: Italian/ English
Subtitles: English/ English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: Mono
Discs: 1
Colour
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE (1981) 
And last but not least, Borowczyk’s wild and imaginative horror The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne!
Pre-order the UK edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne: http://bit.ly/1AeNfkd
North American pre-order will be up soon!
Release Date UK: 20th April 2015
Release Date North America: 21st April 2015
Format: Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD
Starring: Udo Kier, Marina Pierro, Patrick Magee
Directed by: Walerian Borowczyk
Synopsis: “Potent and poetic, mischievous and macabre, Borowczyk’s film shows how many imaginative worlds the horror movie can open up when the right artist holds the keys” (Nigel Andrews, Financial Times)
It’s the engagement party for brilliant young Dr Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) and his fiancée, the beautiful Fanny Osbourne (Marina Pierro), attended by various pillars of Victorian society, including the astonishing Patrick Magee in one of his final roles. But when people are found raped and murdered outside and ultimately inside the house, it becomes clear that a madman has broken in to disrupt the festivities – but who is he? And why does Dr Jekyll keep sneaking off to his laboratory?
We know the answer, of course, but Walerian Borowczyk’s visually stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-filmed tale is crammed with wildly imaginative and outrageously perverse touches characteristic of the man who scandalised audiences with Immoral Tales and The Beast, not least the explicitly sexualised nature of Mr Hyde’s primal urges.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- Brand new 2K restoration, scanned from the original camera negative and supervised by cinematographer Noël Véry
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film, released on both formats for the first time anywhere in the world
- English and French soundtracks in LPCM 1.0
- Optional English and English SDH subtitles
- Introduction by critic and long-term Borowczyk fan Michael Brooke
- Audio commentary featuring archival interviews with Walerian Borowczyk, Udo Kier, Marina Pierro and producer Robert Kuperberg, and new interviews with cinematographer Noël Véry, editor Khadicha Bariha, assistant Michael Levy and filmmaker Noël Simsolo, moderated by Daniel Bird
- Interview with Marina Pierro
- Himorogi (2012), a short film by Marina and Alessio Pierro, made in homage to Borowczyk
- Interview with artist and filmmaker Alessio Pierro
- Video essay by Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez
- Eyes That Listen, a featurette on Borowczyk’s collaborations with electro-acoustic composer Bernard Parmegiani
- Jouet Jouyeux (1979), a short film by Borowczyk based on Charles-Émile Reynaud’s praxinoscope
- Introduction to Jouet Joyeux by production assistant Sarah Mallinson
- Returning to Méliès: Borowczyk and Early Cinema, a featurette by Daniel Bird
- Reversible sleeve with artwork based on Borowczyk’s own poster design
- Booklet with new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and archive materials, illustrated with rare stills
- More to be announced!
DETAILS
Region: A+B / 1+2
Rating: 18
Duration: 91
Language: English/French
Subtitles: English/ English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: Mono
Discs: 2
Colour

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